Charles Thoroughgood, hero of Alan Judd's classic A Breed of Heroes, has left the army to be trained by MI6 in the arts of the Cold War.
Nothing could prepare him, however, for the unexpected inheritance left him by his late father, which leads him back into an old school friendship with Viktor, a Russian diplomat living in London, and beyond that into the murky world of Soviet espionage at the height of the nuclear threat to the West.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/01/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847397737
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Review by Eyejaybee
The critic's comments quoted on the cover of this spy thriller compared the writer with John le Carre. That seems rather overblown. This was a workmanlike, if slightly tedious novel, and didn't come within a country mile of emulating the delicate characterisation and subtle plotting that are always at the core of le Carre's masterpieces.Charles Thoroughgood, the protagonist of this novel, is a likeable enough, but totally wooden - it is almost impossible to imagine him as an officer in MI6. We learn that his previous career had been as a soldier, ultimately in the SAS - that defies belief, too. This is very much the book equivalent of an old B movie.